Career Resource Seminar Series

Career Resource Seminar meetingThe Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education, hosted a monthly Career Resource Seminar Series, providing alumni with the tools necessary to move forward in their job search or career transition and helping graduates navigate an increasingly challenging job market.

While the series has concluded, there is still a chance to view recorded versions of past career seminars and webinars as well as various online narrated workshops by visiting the Video Presentations & Online Workshops page in MONTCLAIRconnect.

Boost Your Job Seeking Skills!

Job Search Boot Camp
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this four-part session held over one afternoon, you’ll learn the key elements of a job search strategy and a step-by-step approach to landing the job you want. We’ll take all the guesswork out of the job search, so you’ll always know what to do next. Plus, you will learn a strategy for diagnosing (and treating) an ailing job search so that you start seeing the interviews and offers!

  • Part 1: Your Job Targets, Resume and “Pitch”: The foundation of a successful search is a clear job target, and a job-search “marketing plan” to reach that target. You’ll learn how to create this foundation. We’ll then cover the resume and pitch essentials that will enable you to communicate how you can help an employer in the 10 to 30 seconds that they are paying attention! Finally, we’ll discuss the key differences between your resume and your LinkedIn Profile.
  • Part 2: Getting Interviews: You’ll learn how to maximize your effectiveness across all four ways of getting interviews, including writing powerful cover letters and emails. Techniques for tapping into the “hidden job market” will also be discussed, including networking and contacting “strangers” directly to get meetings. Finally we'll briefly review how to use LinkedIn to build your network and keep in touch.
  • Part 3: Turning Interviews into Offers: This part will show you how to implement an interview strategy that will set you apart from the competition. In the process you will learn the three questions you must ask, how to handle difficult interview questions, and how to turn a “no” into a “yes!”
  • Part 4: The End-Game—Salary Negotiation, and the First 90 Days: Congratulations, you’ve gotten the offer! In this part, you’ll learn an effective salary negotiation strategy that has helped clients make thousands in minutes. Plus, you’ll learn the additional items you should discuss before you accept the offer, and actions you should take before your official start date, that will set you up for success in the crucial first 90 days and beyond.

About the Speaker:
Robert Hellman is a certified Five O'Clock Club Career Coach, a Vice President at the Club, a professor at New York University, and author of the book Your Social Media Job Search. The Five O’Clock Club is a national outplacement and career counseling network with certified career counselors across the United States. Robert Hellman has helped hundreds of clients in diverse industries and professions to define and reach their job-search and on-the-job goals. In addition to his private coaching practice, Rob’s career-related insights and commentary have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, Money Magazine,, ABC News and Fox News. He combines his more than 20 years in corporate marketing (at companies such as American Express and JP Morgan Chase) with his Five O'Clock Club training to help people market themselves in their careers.

Networking 101 - Tools to Advance Your Career
Thursday, March 19, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Careers are built on networking and building relationships. Do you want to understand what Networking is all about so you can be successful in advancing your career?

Marty Latman, will discuss a topic all people should know and understand if they want to build a successful future. Attendees will learn how to build and maintain a network. You will hear about the tools you need to build relationships, ways to approach people for career development assistance, methods to communicate with others, the Do’s and Don’ts of social networking and the business challenges you will face in your career.

About the Speaker:
Marty has been a guest speaker at many networking groups where he has discussed various career development topics including networking, interviewing techniques and advance career planning strategies. He has spoken at Financial Executive International (FEI), Financial Planning Association of NJ (FPANJ), Financial Executive Networking Group (FENG), Media Communication Association – International (MCA-I), Career Forum, Phi Beta Kappa, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Careers-in-transition (CIT), Breakfast Club, Neighbors-helping-Neighbors, Westchester Networking Organization (WNO) and others. Marty has been a guest on the radio show and CFO Studio where he has discussed networking skills and methods to use to advance your career.

He was the IMA 2004 New Jersey Financial Executive of the Year and the 2009 NJBIZ CFO of the Year. He is a New Jersey Certified Public Accountant. Marty is a graduate of The State University of New York-Albany, and a resident of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Financial Planning 101
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wondering how you are going to pay off those school loans? How to manage your credit? Attend this workshop on April 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Dickson Hall; Cohen Lounge to ease your worries and learn all there is to know about maintaining a financially secure life after college. Assistant Vice President, Miguel Munoz ’07 and Financial Advisor, Douglas C. Bilenski ’10 of Merrill Lynch Financial Management will offer their advice and expertise to current students.

About the Speakers:
Douglas C. Bilenski, CSNA
Financial Advisor

Doug graduated Cum Laude from Montclair State University in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. As a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, his main focus is to help businesses, individuals, and families reach their financial goals. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Tina and daughters Mara and Jordyn.

Miguel Munoz, CSNA
Assistant Vice President
Senior Portfolio Advisor

Miguel graduated from Montclair State University in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. As a Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch, he is a member of a Wealth Management team that provides highly personalized wealth management advice and guidance to an exclusive client base of affluent families, corporate executives, professionals, business owners, and institutions. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Irina and son Ethan.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141 or send an email to